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Talking About the Dance

Kong is dead. That is to say, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is complete, and moving inexorably towards its July 12 publication date.

Yes, I know. Old news. I've announced that before. And since finally completing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS some weeks ago, and announcing it here, I have been working on... drum roll, please... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS!

That's the way it goes with books. You finish, and breathe a sigh of relief... and then you get back to work. There's always more to be done. Your editor reads it and gives you notes. You make revisions, corrections. A copyeditor goes over the text, finds errors, points out contradictions and inconsistencies, raises queries. You fix some, stet others. Friends and fans gulp down the book, and find mistakes your editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders all missed. You fix those too, as time allows. Then there's the appendix to prepare. And then the appendix needs to be edited, proofread, corrected... and on and on it goes...

But now even that is behind me. Copyediting, appendix, proofs, corrections, all that stuff. The book tour has been planned (a few details yet to be worked out), the marketing plans are in place... and I can finally say that Kong is not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead.

Now that the dust is settling at last, I thought I'd take a deep breath and look back at what a long strange trip this has been. If the process interests you, read on. But beware -- past this point, there may be some SPOILERS lurking amidst my discussion. Read on at your own peril.

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nashe_lito
May. 20th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
amazing storie! Thank you, sir :)
Ignacio Llerena
May. 20th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
My hat, head and neck off to you. You're an inspiration sir.
jaylake
May. 20th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I am pleased. Now re-reading All That Came Before so when I snag a copy of DANCE I'll be current.

Thank you for writing this.
brendan_moody
May. 20th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations, and thanks for the insight into the process.

I could tell you who they are, but then I'd have to kill you.

Well, I think you've made it possible to identify most of them anyway, except for the completely new one(s), of course. I'd lay out the deductive reasoning involved, except that I'd then have to fear for my life. ;)
rumata
May. 20th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
What a ponderous report %)
Thank you and congratulations!
kwei_cee
May. 20th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Once again, congratulations! The amount of blood and sweat that you put into your books is amazing, sir. I only wish that one of the new POV characters would be Syrio, but he's offscreen somewhere drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas in them on some beach across the Narrow Sea ;)
estelindis
May. 20th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
Awesome
Thanks for sharing the saga of the saga, George. :-) As a PhD student with the completion of my thesis still hanging over me, I empathise deeply. I look forward to enjoying the fruits of your hard work in July!

Although Sansa is my favourite character, I think the decision to leave her until Wolves makes sense; her storyline had lots of forward momentum but didn't leave us in suspense. One question, though: does the lack of a Brienne POV mean no resolution on her cliffhanger from Feast? If so, it can only mean more tortured speculation until Wolves - and at least we'll hopefully have some resolution on the Cersei front in the meantime. ;-)

Thanks again for writing this huge post. It's great to have this extra insight into your writing life. :-)
krangdon
May. 20th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
The proof, as always, is in the pudding. And you make some fine puddings...
longshadow_810
May. 20th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
prof_nrvna
May. 20th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
...and so it begins.
bakunin
May. 20th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations George. I'm fascinated by your "process" posts, because when I read the books in this series (the 2nd or 3rd time, not the first), I try to imagine the work that's gone into the book. You've set yourself quite a task with this series, but you've been up to it. Good luck, and hopefully you can have more fun on the next one.
expatiates
May. 20th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
this was fascinating, thanks, george! and congrats on what i'm sure will be one hell of a read. :D
Nigel Bradley
May. 20th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the tale--a lot of us "do" like to hear about these little things. I hope you'll look back at the journey in later years with fondness.
rockstarbob
May. 20th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
Huzzah!
memyselfandrye
May. 20th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I did my homework... hopefully completely.
Unless the dead have been brought back to life... there can be only two returning POVs a little worse for wear which are (ironically given my opening line) Catelyn or Theon... who could both be described with dead as an adjective. (Undead vs. Possibly Dead)

Now, I put my money on Catelyn, because we have seen her, most recently in Brienne's last POV, I believe. Also, Theon is likely out, not just because the doubts of his continued life, but also because it says 3 ironborn POVs are returning, and we have Victarion, Damphair and Asha to account for.

Of missing POVs in Feast that are not outright dead, or dismissed above, 3 were promised to return in Dance (Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion) Leaving only Davos Seaworth unaccounted for, and I don't see how the hint of "worse for ware" could apply to him. Is Davos at the Wall with Stannis? It's great if his POV comes back.

So really, the fingers point at Catelyn Stark.

7 gods and old gods, I sure hope this post is not too spoler-y given GRRMs warning that the comments likely would contain spoilers...
renren_1
May. 20th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: I did my homework... hopefully completely.
But! He said the character had been missing for a couple of books. That most likely rules out Catelyn, who had POVs in book 3. Theon, on the other hand, has been missing since book 2 so I'm guessing that's who he's referring to.
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